Homicide Detectives investigated the discovery of human remains found inside of an apartment wall in Lomita this past Thursday.
According to CBS news the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were sent shortly before 1 a.m. to a residence located in the 26800 block of Western Avenue.
Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch said that a confidential source reported the possible remains to officials this week.
Jauch says scent dogs were dispatched and then coroner’s investigators were called on Wednesday.
The 58-year-old Malaikah Manasseh wondered why law enforcement couldn’t find her missing sister because of one aspect of her sister’s disappearance that seemed particularly out of character: Raven Campbell, then 32, left her purse behind.
“She had a tic … and that was not leaving her purse,” Manasseh said.
Her sister, she said, always wore her purse strapped against her chest.
On Wednesday, investigators descended on Campbell’s old apartment in the Harbor Hills Housing Project in Lomita, now occupied by another family.
The sheriff’s detectives showed up with two cadaver dogs and an anonymous tip they got a week before: Within the walls of the unit were human remains.
Thursday morning, sheriff’s officials confirmed that a body was found. Manasseh and her family fear it is that of Campbell.